Sony Announces New Addition to Acclaimed Line of Cyber-shot® RX Cameras
Published: October 06 2016
NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2016 – Sony, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced a new flagship model in their popular Cyber-shot RX100 series of compact cameras, the RX100 V (model DSC-RX100M5).
This exciting new camera brings a new level of AF performance and speed to today’s compact camera market. It is equipped with a Fast Hybrid AF system with the world’s fastest AF acquisition at 0.05 seconds, and contains the world’s highest number of AF points on sensor with 315 points covering approximately 65% of the frame. The camera can also shoot continuously at speeds of up to 24 fps, the world’s fastest for a compact camera, at full 20.1 MP (approx. effective) resolution with AF/AE tracking for up to 150 continuous shots.
The RX100 V is equipped with a newly developed 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor with a DRAM chip, a ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm f/1.8–2.8 large-aperture lens, and an enhanced image processing system with a new front-end LSI chip that maximizes processing speed, expands the memory buffer, and optimizes image quality in particular at high ISO settings. The camera also features 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, super slow-motion recording at up to 960 fps with extended recording time, and more.
“Featuring a level of power and performance that has never before been achieved in a compact, the new RX100 V redefines what it means to be a ‘pocket camera,’” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. “This camera is yet another example of Sony innovating to a level far beyond what exists in the conventional marketplace.”
Fast Focusing, Fast Shooting
A first for Sony’s RX100 series of cameras, the new RX100 V model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of focal-plane phase detection AF and contrast detection AF that ultimately enables the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.05 seconds. This high-speed focusing is a perfect complement to the 315 dedicated AF points that cover 65% of the sensor, and ensures that shooters will be able to capture their intended subject with high speed and accuracy, even if it’s moving rapidly in unpredictable directions.
Additionally, processing speed has been greatly enhanced through the addition of a front-end LSI that perfectly supports the camera’s BIONZ X® image processing engine. These two components, when combined with the powerful AF system, allow the camera to shoot continuously at speeds of up to 24 fps at a full 20.1 MP (approx. effective) resolution for up to 150 shots with AF/AE tracking. The viewfinder blackout between the shots has also been minimized in this high-speed shooting mode, which greatly improves the photographer’s ability to follow fast action and capture the decisive moment. Silent shooting is also available in these high-speed modes.
Other advancements to AF performance on the new RX100 V include the addition of AF-A mode, which allows the camera to automatically switch between continuous and single-shot AF modes. Users can also manually select if they’d like the continuous AF and phase detection AF areas to be displayed live on-screen while they are framing a shot.
The RX100 V also has a high-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum speed of 1/32000th of a second) that minimizes the ‘rolling shutter’ effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. This fast shutter speed also allows the camera to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture at brightness levels of up to EV199. Shooting at a wide aperture with a fast shutter speed allows photographers and videographers to capture beautiful content with sharply focused subjects and defocused backgrounds under some of the most difficult, bright lighting conditions.
New on the RX100 V, users can freely select the initial magnification ratio when shooting in a mode with a Focus Magnifier, and can select between ‘focus point’ and ‘center of display’ for the location of the Focus Magnifier.
Professional Movie Functionality
The pocket-friendly RX100 V is packed with a variety of video capabilities that will satisfy even the most demanding video enthusiasts.
With Fast Hybrid AF, the focal plane phase detection AF sensor ensures accurate focusing and tracking performance, even for the severe focusing requirements of 4K movie shooting. The AF drive speed and AF tracking sensitivity can also be adjusted via the menu system, giving shooters plenty of flexibility based on their focusing preferences.
In the 4K mode, the new RX100 V utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that all the finer details of 4K video are captured with minimal moire and ‘jaggies.’ These high-quality results are achieved through use of the XAVC S codec, which records video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps during 4K recording, and 50 Mbps during full HD shooting.
Additional professional caliber video features include Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut, 120p HD and Full HD modes, and more. Users also have the ability to manually select a frame from a recorded movie, and save it as a still image file of approximately 8 MP during 4K shooting or 2 MP during HD shooting.
The RX100 V is able to record super-slow motion video7 at up to 40x slower than the standard rate, and can do this for about twice as long as the RX100 IV model. This extended time allows users to capture a series of high-speed, fleeting moments of action with incredible detail, resolution, and clarity.
Prior to shooting, users will have the ability to choose among 960 fps, 480 fps, and 240 fps frame rates, and among 60p, 30p, and 24p playback formats to optimize the recording to fit the speed of the moving subject, with the option to use the movie record button as a ‘start trigger’ to begin recording once button is pressed or ‘end trigger’ to record footage up until the button is pressed.
Pocket-Friendly Design, Premium Performance
The new RX100 V maintains the convenient pocket-sized design of the remainder of the RX100 family, and is equipped with a high-contrast 2.35 million-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder™, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. The EVF conveniently retracts in and out of the camera body based on user preference, and features optics with ZEISS® T* Coating.
The new camera is also Wi-Fi®- and NFC™- compatible and can access Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Applications. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca.
Another convenient addition is the ability for users to freely set the leading three characters of saved file names for easier sorting and organization.
There will also be a new underwater housing (model MPK-URX100A) that will be available as a separate accessory for the RX100 V and other RX100 series cameras. Designed exclusively to fit the RX100 cameras, the housing features a depth level of 40m/130ft.
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